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reagan is still off the shore of japan launching aircraft loaded with supplies. but the shift moved further on tuesday after some crewmembers tested positive for low levels of radiation. -- further out to sea after some crewmembers tested for low levels of radiation european pet energy officials are applying stress tests to their plant and germany officials have switched off some of their plants, one of them permanently. >> the nuclear crisis in japan comes just as america had finally started to get past its discomfort with nuclear power, caused more than 30 years ago by three mile island. >> it is called the nuclear present -- renaissance, the growing acceptance in recent years of nuclear energy as a clean, green, and an effective answer to the country's dependence on foreign oil. then came the disaster in japan, still unfolding. >> one fears if one is an advocate of nuclear energy that for now, the nuclear renaissance is over in america. >> for all of its outside, the crisis in japan exposes the downside once again. america is entering the 32nd anniversary of three mile island, ma
nuclear power plant crisis. japan suspend operations to pre- - suspended operations to prevent the plant from working down after a srnlg forced workers to take cover indoors. 140,000 have been ordered to seal themselves indoors after explosions and fires at the plants. for at least a while, the final 50 workers kept onto prevent a nuclear meltdown that was sent their way. >> the radiation levels are getting so high that the workers can't stay there. >> in tokyo, 150 miles away, people you can see they are wearing radiation badges. >>> and new for you, local relief efforts underway in maryland to help those in japan displaced by the series of natural disasters. and abc2 news sherrie johnson is live with the information you need. sherrie. >> reporter: here at wegmans in hunt valley, they are trying to do their part to help the victims of the earthquake in japan. now at 6:00 this morning, you know customers will be able to donate any amount of money once they shop here. what they do is once they get to the cash register they can designate a certain amount of money for that earthquake victim
. >>> time is 5:306789 parts of japan hit by a earthquake and flat nd by a tsunami, a third risk looms. a third reactor is now leaking high levels of radiation and a fourth has caught fire. here's what one official is saying about the threat. >> now we are talking about levels that can impact a human health. i would like all of you to embrace the information calmly. >> there are warnings now affecting 140,000 people in a 12-mile radius of the reauthors. 70,000 have been evacuated. test sites are checking people to see if they were exposed to radiation. in to beingo, 170 miles away, there are reports of slightly higher radiation levels, but officials say the levels are too small to threaten any one there. the japanese government is now asked the u.s. for nuclear help. eight more experts from the nuclear regulatory commission are now on their way to japan. >>> it's so hard to look at pictures and know they are real. if it's tough for us as adults to comprehend, imagine how hard it is trying to explane to your children. you -- explain to your children. you want to ease fierce and accurate
if the nuclear situation in japan is not brought under control within the next 24 hours. >> tracie potts has the latest now from washington. >> it appears to be white smoke begun to rise from the number three reactor. >> helicopters are now dropping water on japan's nuclear plant. >> we believe that secondary containment has been destroyed. there is no water in the spent fuel pool. >> no water means nothing to prevent a meltdown. the japanese deny that, but international authorities do believe it's overheating. the u.s. believes radiation levels there are extremely high. with conflicting reports coming from japan, the state department now warns americans to consider leaving or at least stay 50 miles away, 30 miles further than the japanese recommend. >> we are obviously advising american citizens that they listen to the nrc and the state department. >> some experts fear even that's not enough. >> 50 miles is not a safe distance to be in an emergency like that. >> the state department's organizing charter flights out of tokyo for what so far is a voluntary evacuation. president obama called j
too familiar in japan as officials assess the devastation after the natural disaster. and now, people face new skiers of nuclear exposure. -- new scares of nuclear exposure. people in northern japan are now dealing with the threat of nuclear radiation. however, officials say radiation levels have dropped dramatically from earlier in the day. we have the latest from japan. >> delong japan's coast, a groom -- a grim past. troops are working steadily to recover the 2000 bodies that began washing ashore today. also today, we saw our first convoys of military vehicles in the ravaged area. this, while most of the country -- countries in the world focused on the safety of the nuclear power plant. the reactors are now being scanned for radiation. in this coastal town where 17,000 people used to live and more than half the residents have disappeared, hope is fleeting. >> my daughter was washed away. i do not know what to say. i hope she is alive somewhere. >> this area has been paralyzed with trains out of service and major stores closed. everyone watches and waits for miracles, like this four
>>> coming up next on eyewitness news, deadly disaster, new concerns of a nuclear meltdown in japan, while that country is still reeling from yesterday's powerful earthquake. >>> many marylanders wait to hear from loved ones in the devastation after the historic earthquake in japan. i'm weijia jiang, hear their story next. >>> game advocates thought 2011 would be their year. we'll explain what is standing in the way of legalizing same-sex marriage. >>> the skies are clear this morning, could we see some warmer weather on the horizon soon? meteorologist tim williams a the answer in his first warning weather forecast. eyewitness news saturday morning starts now. >>> we are getting a look at the scope of the devastation in japan this morning, as a massive rescue effort is underway to find survivors of the disaster that rocked the entire pacific. good morning, welcome to eyewitness news this saturday, i'm gigi barnett. we'll have more on the situation in a moment, but first. >> good morning to you. those pictures and this whole situation is as fascinating as it is horrible. it's one of
dahlgren begins our coverage from japan. >> aid is beginning to trickle in. trying to get help to those desperate for a lifeline. while japanese officials continue their fight to stay ahead, on monday and other hydrogen explosion. this time in the reactor no. 3 at the fukushima daiichi reactor plant. this is increasing fears about its stability. it is a nation struggling on so many fronts and the death toll is a growing. more than 1 million without power, water, and in some places food. tokyo is not the moon -- not immune. there are some heartwarming stories of families reunited. for millions more, it is another heartbreaking night. hundred in shelters and shedding tears for those that have lost. they continued to brace for more aftershocks. >> to my opinion, it has a much greater chance of having a major earthquake or a tsunami. corrections more overwhelming fears. wbal-tv 11 news. >> president obama said the images -- were shocking. >> i said it to the prime minister of japan that the united states will continue to offer any assistance we can as they recover from multiple dis
>> reporter: monday's hydrogen explosion in japan could be heard from miles. three reactors lost their cooling capacity. crews are rushing in sea water. some 200,000 people have been evacuated from a 12-mile area and the u.s. navy moved warships further offshore to avoid radiation exposure. the quake generated a tsunami. rescuers continue to search. entire neighborhoods have been wiped out. in one area a ship ended up on top of a building. homeowners aren't sure where to begin. >> i don't have money. broken. >> reporter: the united nations is helping to coordinate disaster relief. millions are without food and water and aid workers are having trouble getting through. >> reporter: planes were headed for the japanese mainland. makeshift shelters are jammed. people have top stand in line for water. in many towns with grocery stores, the shelves are timing -- are emptying out. many cities are without electricity because the reactors are off line which means millions will have to spend another night in the cold. >> the us sent nuclear experts. insurance companies said this could be th
>>> good morning. disaster in japan. another explosion overnight rocks the crippled nuclear power plant, as concerns grow over a possible meltdown. along the shattered coastline, 1,000 bodies are found, as the death toll soars. the prime minister calling this japan's worst crisis since world war ii. millions today face another day with no power, no water, and no food. we have the very latest for you on the explosion, the survivors, and the worldwide humanitarian effort. "early" this monday morning, march 14th, 2011. captioning funded by cbs >>> and thanks for joining us on this monday morning. you can see, these are just some of the images which have been coming in, and frankly, they speak for themselves. they're just unimaginable. >> the devastation that we first saw here friday morning, and now, in the days after this disaster in japan, we continue to get more images, more video of exactly the impact that this is having on this nation and the people there. damage estimates in the tens of billions of dollars. but, of course you can't put a dollar figure on the
and a third meltdown at japan's nuclear facilities. american troops offshore exposed to radiation, as officials struggle to contain the catastrophe. >>> moment of impact. new images of the tsunami, rushing ashore. breaking through seawalls. rushing past airport security. washing away entire villages. >>> and look at what the waves picked up and left behind. a ferry on a house. a bus on a rooftop. a toilet dangling from power lines. and the man who floated away from his house, clinging for life. rescued ten miles from shore. >> this morning we're live in japan, with diane sawyer, christiane amanpour and david muir. and we ask the question, is this only the beginning of the devastation? >>> and good morning, america. joining us is "world news" anchor, diane sawyer, is who is there in sendai, japan, where the scope of the destruction is staggering. aftershocks still rocking the region. >> dealing with two crises. humanitarian. and an urgent disaster, to avoid a nuclear emergency. there was a third partial meltdown overnight. 11 injured in the blast. and after american officials detec
or jfx. now back to you. >> it's getting worse in japan. fierce of radiation are gripping the country. we have learned that a maryland woman was in japan when thequake and tsunami hit. we have the latest on how she is doing. linda. >> reporter: from what we know so far, woman from salisbury is alive and safe. ashleigh debord was northeast of toyo in one of the areas hardest hit by the tsunamiy. her facebook page says she has been in japan since last august. she is a member of the jet program, an organization that promotes teaching and improving relations overseas. she got her masters at the university of hawaii. we want to get you up to speed on the nuclear situation in japan. they are worried about the possibility of a complete meltdown. there's been another explosion and fire at the fukushima power plant. dangerous levels of radiation has forced japan's prime minister to order people living nearby to stay indoors. all this as the death toll from the massive earthquake and tsunami continues to ride. the official number stand at 2475 with thousands still missing. but a glimmer of good new
>>> this is the latest video from japan this morning, it shows the moment a wall of water from the tsunami rolled ashore last friday. overnight the death toll rose dramatically. the nuclear problems have become worse. in the last ten minutes we've learned of a problem at a third nuclear reactor in japan. our complete coverage will begin in a moment. first, it is the top of the hour, the 14th day of the hospital. not a bad day start overall. christie is in for sharon and meteorologist tim is in for marty in first warning weather. >> a calm start to the day. temperatures in the 30s, the skies are clear. temperatures will go up nicely as a result. intervals of clouds and sun, 50 degrees, partly cloudy skies. and ahead of showers tomorrow they'll be here by wednesday. we'll have your complete forecast in a few moments. >>> the rush for real going on right now. christie is in wjz traffic control. >> don, a busy morning out there. westbound 100 an accident there at the bw parkway slowing your drive down. in the towson area we have a water main break disruption baltimore avenue closed
. >>> we are continuing to follow the breaking news of the major earthquake in japan where a tsunami has flooded the northeast and more than 50 countries in the pacific on alert for a tsunami including the west coast of the u.s. and canada. in the last hour, tsunami warning sirens have been going off in hawaii bracing for a tidal we've. the 8.9 earthquake one of the biggest to hit japan. the prime minister there calling for calm. the government calling for international assistance and the u.s. ambassador in japan says the united states is ready to help. >>> we'll continue to monitor that throughout the morning. i'm gurvir dhindsa. >> i'm steve chenevey. tucker barnes with us here with a look at our forecast as we get things moving on a friday morning. >> good morning. much improvement today after last night got very interesting. we had severe thunderstorm warnings, a lot of heavy rain. all of that oust here and now we are looking at some sunshine. >> that will be good. >> quieter weather and spring- like conditions around here. we've been promising it all week. by tomorrow, it will be ab
on traffic pulse 11. back to you. >> thank you. experts are calling the nuclear crisis in japan a slower-moving nightmare. >> the buildup of radiation was too much. tracie potts has the latest from japan and reaction in the u.s. >> the last 50 workers fled the nuclear plant to escape a huge burst of radiation. >> they have to continue to try. >> officials say 70% of the fuel rods are damaged. 107 miles away in tokyo, residents are leaving despite the surge is that radiation levels are not yet harmful. >> low levels now but we do not know what it will be like tomorrow. is back upnikkei today. >> uncertainty has taken over the markets right now. >> , response the nuclear regulatory commission to explain if our nuclear plants could withstand a 9.0 earthquake. >> we have to make sure that all the bad actors in the industry are sorted out very quickly. >> the government continues to assure americans that radiation levels here are safe. but that has not stopped their run of potassium iodide. one retailer says he has a backlog of 3000 orders. tracie potts, wbal-tv 11 news. >> many of us in the
. >>> and people greeted relatives and loved ones who were the first to return from japan by air. hugs and first flights from tokyo arrived in san francisco during the weekend including a tearful reunion between 10-year- old gavin and his father. listen. >> oh, my god. [audio not understandable] >> well many who returned home yesterday were either on their way to the airport in tokyo or at the airport when the quake struck. people at the airport said they were handing out crackers, water and sleeping bags to everyone stuck. the u.s. germany and many other countries are telling people not to travel to japan. many people are trying to get in touch with loved ones. state department set up a hotline to call. 888-407-4747. you can call or e-mail. if you send an e-mail, put the person's name you are look for and what area of japan they live. you can find that information at abc2news.com. you can find ways to help victims of the quake and tsunami. go to the world news section of our website. >>> at 7 years old, attacked by pit bulls while in front of her home. a young girl is in critical condition and
issues on the roadways right now. now back to you. >> thanks. >>> we begin with new video from japan. vast areas unrecognizable. look at this. the coastline of one area one of the worst hit regions. just heart breaking looking at the pictures. >>> and this morning, the japanese emperor addressed the nation telling people not to give up. fierce of radiation are still high. the crisis continues to unfold and linda so is standing by with the latest as they get things under control. >> reporter: well a temporary setback. 70 workers at the plant had to pull back. radiation levels got so high making it dangerous to be there. it's an overwhelming situation for those hardest hit. people overcome with grief desperate to find loved ones. making a phone call has been nearly impossible. workers at the fukushima plant has been dousing the reactors with sea water in an effort to keep them from belt melting down. they choose to stay behind to be exposed to an enormous amount of radiation, the equivalent of 25,000 x-rays at once. the fears of radiation grips the country, people are walking around wi
radiation continues to leak from a severely damaged nuclear power plant on the coast of japan. first, the earthquake, then the tsunami. the disaster in japan is our state top story. >> the japanese government is trying to rescue survivors, assess the damage, and then care for all of those who are affected. they are monitoring the power plant that appears to be on the verge of causing widespread devastation. another fire broke out there today. the causes are unknown but officials think it might be because the fire yesterday was not completely put out. they are considering a spraying water and board accident -- acid over the -- boric acid over the site. >> we have learned from our experience, we need to be as prepared as we can. the more you prepare, the better you can be, the more lives that we can save, the last disability. >> the disaster in japan has a crippling effects on the economy. every nation that uses nuclear power is taking a very close look at the safety plans of their plants. >> they are applying stress tests. germany is testing seven of theirs. what is the state o
. now back to you. >> thanks. >>> we have new video to show you out of japan showing people running for their lives as the tsunami waives approached last -- waives approached last week. -- waves approached last week. people seeking shelter as the waves apropped and swept across the area -- approach the air and swept across the area. official say -- approached and swept across the area. nearly 7900 people are reported missing. one of the big concerns this morning is radiation levels that have hundreds of thousands of japanese very worried this morning. linda so has an update on what's happened with workers at that damaged nuclear plant. linda. >> reporter: well, there was a temporary setback this morning when the 70 workers left at the plant had to pull back. radiation levels were so high making it dangerous for them to be there. but we learned they are going back in. it's an overwhelming situation for those hardest hit by the tsunamiy. people overcome with grief, desperate to find loved ones missing. making a phone call has been nearly impossible. as fierce of radiation grip the cou
moved warships further offshore. the quake triggered a tsunami that devastated japan's coast. rescue crews continue to search through the widespread wreckage. entire neighborhoods have been wiped out. in one town a ship ended up on top of a building. homeowners trying to pick up the pieces, don't know where to begin. >> i don't have money, broken. >> reporter: the united states is trying to coordinate the relief. many are without food and water and made workers are having trouble getting through. u.s. marines loaded planes headed for the japanese mainland. people have to stand in line for water. many towns that still have grocery stores, the shelves are emptying out. authorities are checking radiation levels. many cities are without electricity because the reactors are offline, which means millions will have top spend another night in the cold. randall pinkston, wjz eyewitness news. >> as japan prepares for the possibility of a meltdown, the tragedy is drawing attention to nuclear plants in the u.s., many wondering are we safe. mike hellgren reports on the heightened concern at three
's a check of your fox 5 on-time traffic. >>> the latest now on the disafter ther in japan. there was a third explosion and a fire at the same nuclear plant that has had problems since fry's earthquake. the government is warning of high levels of radiation leaking from that plant. let's get to sherry ly live in the newsroom. >> reporter: the japanese government has warned that radiation levels around that planted are harmful to people and ordered 140,000 people within 20 miles to now seal themselves indoors. elevated radiation levels were reported in tokyo 170 miles south of the damaged nuclear plant but officials say it is too small to threaten the 39 million people living there. as far as the earthquake, the death toll is now topping 2700 people. four reactors at the fukushima dai-ichi plant are leaking dangerous levels of radiation reported 100 times normal levels. there was radioactivity released directly into the atmosphere fueling panic in japan. official estimates now that the death toll will reach more than 10,000 people following that earthquake and tsunami. days later, waves of bodi
forming in japan overnight as the dangers spike in radiation levels force workers to flee for safety. >> those levels have gone down in the last few hours. things are start -- things are far from safe. >> authorities trying to avert a catastrophe. there was damage to number four where rocks were being stored in pools of water. the fuel rods are trying to be cooled while temperatures are trying to be brought down. >> the fuel rod could become fragile. there's a chance of the fuel rod breaking. the radiation material which is normally contained inside the container could seep out. >> japan will last the u.s. military for help. for workers who volunteered, they have faced life threatening levels of radiation. >> they are being exposed to levels of radiation that are life-threatening and will in some cases be fatal. >> this is taken attention away from the humanitarian aspect of the disaster. rescuers have found body after body in piles of rubble. the death toll is estimated to be well over 10,000. thousands more remained missing. those who survived had to make do with very little food,
in the united states. >> there will be lessons from japan's crisis, but said the obama administration will continue to push for nuclear power plants. >> some republicans also seem unwilling to abandon nuclear power. >> let's not just say, like we have for the past 30 years, we will not look at it because we are a breed of it. and-- because we are afraid of it. experts to say some low-level radiation to reach our shores. an amount it would be in a ma far too small to matter. >> sales of iodine tablets have sparked on the west coast. and >> experts say that most of the wind is blowing in the direction of the united states. scientists say they do not have much information about what exactly is coming our way. >> we do not actually know anything directly in terms of what has gone out, what quantities, what doses that might imply. >> that is why there is so much confusion about how big of a health risk was created by the radiation in japan. he can only say there has been no significant release of radiation, which is good news not only for japan but for the united states. >> it is not only
the massive earthquake last week... week...rocks and sticks would but in japan... as the tsunami rushed inlandd..cars and boats clog the wattr.just look at tha. that...<> :05>> a wall of water more than 20 feet high pushed away nearly &peverything in its path.and it went as far as 6 miles inland... see a lot more video from the earthquake and tsunami.just go raw news. timore dot com slash &p...and the news keeps getting the death toll rises......and as adam housely reports...the country stands on the brink of &pa nuclear disaster disaster fears of a worse case scenario and battered from friday's 9.0 earthquake, subsequent tsunami and continual aftershocks. now the threat of full-blown nuclear meltdown.edano says: "in regards to the no 2 reactor, the device to cool the fuel rods has been dysfunction and the operrtion to try to cool down the fuel rods using water was started but in regards of this operation at one time the fuel of the pump run out and it has taken more time than originally anticipated and, at one point in time, the water level did start to fall and the
. this immediately affected a two million person population in northeastern sections of japan. it's producing tsunami warningsthroughout the a sick and i want to let you know as we check out some of the times here, the time frame for the first wave to hit hawaii which comes from the pacific tsunami warning center is expected to reach them just after 8:00 in the morning eastern time. there's a five-hour delay until it reaches what wee and they have evac -- hawaii and they have evacuated low lying area. it would reach 8:07 eastern standard time. that would be again early in the morning, 3:07 a.m. for them and yes there have been watches posted through alaska, and as you can see through the pacific northwest. right now, it looks like the main target maybe near the oregon and washington coast. we will monitor this. back home, we are looking at some rain showers still on maryland's most powerful doppler radar. we have temperatures in the mid- 40s this morning. mostly cloudy skies. we will get to 52 and maybe a brief rain or snow shower this afternoon. a very busy morning from all sorts, but let's see what
northern japan, collapsing buildings, spawning fires, and causing a major tsunami that brings death and destruction to dozens of cities. that tsunami now moving across the pacific ocean. the entire west coast, from hawaii to alaska, is under a tsunami warning. this morning, we are live in japan with the very latest on the damage, and we'll tell you just how much of the u.s. could be at risk. "early" this friday morning, be at risk. "early" this friday morning, march 11th, 2011. captioning funded by cbs >>> those pictures and that sound give you a very good idea of just what people in japan are dealing with this morning. those shots, of course, of the magnitude 8.9 quake which hit just about 2:46 local time. >> the images, as you can see, are devastating. and that quake triggered a tsunami. some waves reported as high as 30 feet high, and that wall of mud just sweeping away everything in its path right now. the death toll in the area is on the rise. buildings in tokyo, which are currently on fire right now, 4 million buildings in the region without power. so this is a devastating sit
>>> a devastating earthquake triggers a tsunami that slams into japan. >> killing others and carrying away homes, cars and buildings, putting the west coast of the u.s. on a tsunami watch. >> hi. i'm kai jackson. >> and i'm mary mary bubala. here's what people are talking about. >>> one of the biggest earthquakes ever unleashes a tsunami on japan. and it is putting the nations around the pacific ocean on alert. sandra hughes has concerns on the u.s. west coast. yet we begin with randall pinkston, reporting for wjz on the widespread devastation. >> reporter: the massive tsunami swallowed entire villages on japan's northeast coast and left others burning through the night. the 23-foot wave, triggered by the largest ever in japan, swept away by cars, boats. in one coastal town alone, 1800 homes were badly damaged or destroyed. they have recovered 300 bodies. hundreds more are missing. the quake centered around northeast of tokyo. >> it was so strong. and the undulation of the earth was so powerful that we actually had to kind of hang onto the outside of our house. >> reporte
impact. the earthquake in japan triggers a tsunami and leaves hundreds dead. >>> hello, i'm yes, sir and here's what people are talking about today. it's a scene of devastation in japan in a wake of a monster earthquake. 200 are confirmed dead and many more are still missing. the quake triggered powerful tsunamis. the waves hit several countries. wjz has coverage of the event. tim williams is tracking the tsunami and we'll begin with the latest on the situation in japan. >> reporter: the massive tsunami crashed on to the north east coast of japan swallowing villages. the 23-foot wave swept away boats, homes and cars. residents fled to rooftops to escape the water and mood. the police have found 300 bodies in sendai. they're having a hard time getting a handle on the scale of destruction. the earthquake unleashed shortly before 3:00. >> the floor was shaking like a carnival ride. you never knew when it would stop. >> reporter: downtown, large buildings shook and workers poured into the streets. cameras captured the moment that is the quake hit. they've never experienced anything like
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on traffic pulse 11. back to you. >> the u.s. military says charter flights are leaving half fall from japan. many families have decided to stay. low levels of radiation have been detected in tokyo and beyond. tracie potts is in washington with the very latest. >> 600 americans are stuck north of sendai. the u.s. is sending in buses to get them. >> we're bringing in all available resources. we will protect american citizens who may in harm's way. >> not much has changed at the nuclear plant. it could take weeks to get the situation under control. the u.s. is now starting to collect its own data. >> when the united states says to evacuate up to 50 miles, there is a sound reason for that. >> basic physics and science says there cannot be any risk or harm to anyone here in the united states. >> few americans have boarded flights from japan. those who are coming home are being tested. >> we're screening passengers and cargo if there happens to be even a blip in terms of radiation. >> the fallout here at home. general motors is shutting down a plant because of a parts shortage from japan. nearly
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of silence in japan. the u.s. is helping to coordinate relief effort. >> reporter: in the town of ofanatu, british and american rescue crews are searching for survivors. >> trying to access underneath. obviously, you can see very, very difficult conditions. chances of survival. >> reporter: crews continue to recover bodies from the wreckage. many times, family members are there to mourn their loved ones. randall pinkston, wjz eyewitness news. >>> the u.s. government says military pilots cannot go within 50 miles of the reactor. pilots flying within 70 miles are taking potassium iodide tablets. >>> if a disaster hits the east coast, the situation in japan could play out right here in maryland. wjz is live. mike hellgren explains how local officials are preparing for the worst. mike? >> reporter: mary, they're constantly reviewing plans. they have a number of real-life drills and exercises and say they plan to learn what's happening in japan right now. >> reporter: floods. hurricanes, tornadoes, and earthquakes. the three nuclear plants, closest to baltimore are vulnerable to them all. and
at the complex sent dangerous levels of radiation into the air. japan's prime minister is urging calm but ordered 140,000 people living near the plant to seal themselves indoors. >> it's very traumatic. and the main thing is we don't know what to do. >> reporter: plant officials may ask military helicopters to spray water on a fuel storage pond, so the rods inside don't release more radiation. some u.s. military crews making relief flights may have already been exposed. about 70,000 people within 12 miles of the plant have been evacuated. others outside that zone are also leaving. >> everyone is scared for their child's safety. and trying to get their kids out first. >> reporter: the head of the u.n. called worrying and said he's sending a team of experts to help. >>> another powerful aftershock rocked japan as night fell. the scale of destruction is already testing the country's limits. in the northeast, some 450,000 people are in temporary shelters, including american steve corbit. >> it's pretty desperate. it's kind of like a camping field. but with a lot of grief. >> reporter: survivors stand
alerts on wbaltv.com. >> now to the disaster in japan, the nuclear scare has escalated with word that conditions at the crippled nuclear plants have now deteriorated even further. >> the u.s. government urging american citizens in the area to follow new safety precautions. sally kid has the latest from washington . >> the head of the nuclear regulatory commission says he believes nucleus -- radiation levels are extremely high. precious time was lost in the race to prevent a nuclear meltdown when a burst of radiation lead to a temporary evacuation of workers at the plant. the head of the nuclear regulatory commission said the crisis could escalate if workers cannot keep the reactor school. one of the pools appear to have run out of water. >> if they are lost, and may be difficult to replace them. that could lead to more significant damage to the fuel and potentially some type of release. >> the white house issued this warning to americans in the area. those that are within a 50 mile radius of the reactors, evacuate from that area. the emperor of japan delivered are rare televised
.9 earthquake is the biggest earthquake to hit japan. >> and cities along the west coastline are breathing a sigh of relief they were largely spared the tsunami's wrath. with you -- but they did not escape totally. noelle walker has more. >> in hawaii seven-foot waves crashed on maui and sent residents scrambling for safety. in oregon coastal residents awoke to tsunami sirens. >> they started screaming and yelling and running through the trailer park getting everybody up. >> boats were tossed around in santa cruz like they were bathtub toys. south of san francisco beaches were closed and eastbound highways clogged with cars. coastal residents were evacuated to higher ground. in cressent city, most destruction was isolated to harbors and marinas. damage is estimated to be in the millions of dollars. president obama offered immediate aid. >> our hearts go out in japan and across the region. they will stand with us as we recover and rebuild across this region. >> a tragedy that could just as easily happened here. >> for many people here in maryland have been struggling to get in touch with fr
want to begin with breaking news out of asia where an 8.9 magnitude earthquake struck japan killing at least 29 people. it struck hundreds of miles away from tokyo in the northeastern part of the country. we will show you live pictures of the devastation that happened here. it triggered a tsunami with waves really high about 33 feet. water was gushing and it took cars off bridges, and people running out of their buildings in panic. we want to show you what the moment was like following the quake. you can see the panic and the rattleing inside buildings many people were not knowing what was going on. buildings were violently shaking as people tried to run to -- shaking as people tried to run to safety. this is video and cones and cars being washed away by mud. it happened in a rural part of northern japan. fire is breaking out as the mud engulfs everything in this area. again, reports are telling us at least 29 people killed so far. but that death toll could go up as they go in there and search for survivors, people buildings washed away cars washed-up with bridges and marylanders ar
-- tsunami in japan. >> a lock-out is on, after nfl players and owners fail to make an agreement. >> are you ready to lose an hour of sleep? it is that time of year again. "11 news saturday morning" starts right now. [captioning made possible by constellation energy group] >> welcome to "11 news saturday morning." i'm lisa robinson. >> and i'm jennifer franciotti. we'll get to our top stories in just a moment. first, let's go to john collins. it is nice it didn't rain yesterday. >> this morning it is nice. we have clear skies. we still have flooding problems to talk about. let's look at the sky conditions out there and the way it will affect your weekend. take a look at our live h.d. doppler radar. i have the satellite picture incorporated with that, also, and you can see clouds all off on the edges. off to the east. that stream of moisture, if you have high-definition tv. you can see clouds streaming on the right hand side of us. there is another disturbance up in lake michigan. that's moving into ohio. i have something in my throat. all that stuff is not near us. that's the key today. what
. the massive tsunami working its way through japan. these are some of the most incredible pictures we've seen from sendai japan. charlie d'agata has more. >> reporter: it looks like -- a wall of water raced across the farmlands sweeping cars and buildings aside. a massive earthquake triggered a tsunami that washed away everything in its path. the cars bobbed in the port city. as another wave sparked near sendai. one oil refinery was also struck. a government spokesman urged people to stay calm. office workers were caught in swaying buildings in the capital. japan's prime minister was addressing parliament the moment it hit. they're used to earthquakes in japan, but this was the largest in 140 years. >>> the warning center issued a warning for hawaii stretching to taiwan and indonesia and russia, columbia and peru. there was a tsunami watch for the western coast of the united states and canada from the mexican border to alaska. the height of the waves could be highier than some low lying places in the pacific. the un has 30 search and rescue teams are on alert. >> the event is taking japan by
for sometime. wjz has complete coverage of the disaster in japan. tim williams is tracking the tsunami that ripped through the pacific. yet we begin with randall pinkston with the latest on the damage in japan. >>> >>> the massive saw su -- tsunami left people burning through the night. it swept away cars, boats and buildings. in one coastal town alone, 1800 houses were destroyed or badly damaged. police in the city of sendai have already counted some 300 bodies. hundreds more are missing. the 8.9 magnitude quake, centered about 340 miles northeast of tokyo, hit just before 3:00. >> it was so strong. and the undalation of the earth was so powerful that we actually had to kind of hang onto the outside of our house. >> reporter: large buildings shook. the prime minister felt it inside parliament. more than 4 million buildings in and around tokyo are without power. >> my workers are all just staying in the office. i can't get out. there's no trains going anywhere. >> reporter: a massive fire raised at this power plant. and authorities have evacuated thousands of residents, living near nuc
material in the air, which is actually coming from japan. >> this doctor says that small amounts pose no risk to human health. he says they also tested drinking water, milk and rainwater. the rain water test did find radioactive iodine. >> we found very, very small amounts in the rain water sample, but not any radioactive material in the drinking water or milk. >> officials say even though japan is thousands of miles away from baltimore, it is not surprising that the city is impacted. >> steam that is produced in japan goes up into the clouds, becomes part of the cloud mix that comes across the pacific and is part of all of the water that is part of the hydro geologic cycle across the planet. >> he says this has all happened before. but this is very similar to what happened when there were above- ground nuclear tests in the 1950's and 1960's. it is also similar to what we saw with the chernobyl accident and with the above-ground nuclear testing by korea. >> officials say you do not need to run out and buy special pills. you do not need special test kits. you can drink the water.
from his national security team as the u.s. sends more support to japan. >> an explosion in one reactor and fire in another sent dangerous levels of radiation into the air and left a boiling pool of nuclear fuel at the plant. >> we need now for everybody to move out of the 12-20 kilometer radius from the no. 1 plant. >> levels of radiation spite, then dropped sharply by the end of the day. the government impose a no-fly zone over the area for commercial aircraft. >> this was a double barrel whammy, as they say. >> the energy secretary sold -- told a senate panel backed an aircraft carrier arrived to detect radiation in the air and on the ground. others will monitors the sebec areas. >> we are managing teams at the consulate and military installations in japan. >> our sister station was told that it is important to provide constant oversight of our facilities here at home. >> i have already been instructed our nuclear regulatory agency to ensure that we take lessons learned from what is happening in japan and that we are constantly upgrading how we approach our nuclear safety in this cou
battle with leukemia. the funeral was last saturday. >>> now to the latest on the devastation in japan. at this hour, the country is entering a fourth day of crisis. its worst since world war ii according to the prime minister. the estimated death toll has now passed 10,000. rescue and recovery efforts are straining resources there and a third disaster is developing as technicians work desperately to keep several nuclear reactors from melting down. here is diana alviar. >>. >> reporter: with images that speak for themselves, japan's prime minister spoke frankly. in the 65 years after the end of world war ii, this is the toughest, most difficult crisis for japan. sendai and surrounding areas resemble a war zone as troops race to pull the living from the ruins. this man was pulled nine miles out to sea. he was rescued while floating on his rooftop. another man said he refused to die. my thoughts were focused on my family. i decided to make every effort to survive. but anyone survived the tsunami seems a miracle. witness this massive wall slamming into homes. this woman is pregnant. >> i
of japan tonight. nuclear officials investigating a second hydrogen explosion in as many days. good evening. a massive smoke cloud was seen out of the plant's number 3 unit. officials have been closely watching the reactor after a similar explosion. the stock market took a nose dive on the first business day. and japan's central bank pumped 85.5 billion into money markets hoping to keep the economy afloat. the death toll continues to rise. 2,000 bodies were found monday near the town hardest hit by the massive tsunami. a warning of a possible second was canceled within the last half hour. >> days tafert quake now and japan as a nation still grappling with the sheer size and scope of the destruction. amateur video shows the massive wall of water as it erased virtually everything in its path. doors here show the unmistakeable stains of the water's reach. but the marks left behind on survivors are just as telling. >> i grabbed something tight holding my daughter's hand. but i lost my grip when i was swept away in the debris in waters. >> along the coast fires still rage out of control. in this
video to show you of the panic when the tsunami hit last friday in japan. the pictures show people scrambling to get on to the roof of a building to escape the rapid rising waters. footage shows people attempting to save others stranded in trees. and on top of cars. and today, they are at it again. they will rush to prevent nuclear crisis. crews have been making another attempt today to douse the reactor with tons of water afterprevious efforts proved somewhat effective. linda so joins us now. >> reporter: it's a race against the clock trying to prevent a meltdown at the nuclear plant. it's been one week since the devastating earthquake and tsunami mit and now japan is reaching out to the u.s. for help. emergency workers have gotten desperate using water cannons to cool the troubled reactors. one expert says it's like using a squirt gun to put out a forest fire. but there's a bit of good news. operators at the nuclear plant connected a power line to the complex. they are hoping that line will restart the water pumps needed to cool down the reactors. the u.s. is flying in five high
fronts. good morning. let's check it out. this quake that hit off the coast of northeastern japan 8.9 magnitude, it is one of the largest recorded. rank number 7th in recorded seismic history. we are looking at a quake that had influenced the city in a population of roughly 2 million people affected by this. and tokyo 230 miles away where buildings collapsed. a tsunami 33 feet tall seriously this is on par with that sue moth are a quake that took place in 2004. and warnings around the pacific. so let's take you there. tsunami travel times taking and it would hit them at 2:46 local time, taking about 8 to 9 hours to reach hawaii. it puts them at 8 in the morning local time. 8:07 to be exact our time. that would be 3:07 their time. good morning america will be on that. we have warnings taking you to the west coast of the u.s. you can see the red shadeings, central california, all the way up through oregon. we continue to watch that wave work its way across the pacific. and locally, we are watching the wave of moisture out here and leftover sprinkles in harford and cecil county. after
are coming out of japan. right now, it's believed there is a major radiation leak coming from that nuclear plant damaged in last week's earthquake. just a short thyme ago, japan's prime minister warned anyone living within 19 miles of the plant to stay inside. tonight, charlie d'agata reports for wjz from tokyo. >> reporter: troubles worsen in japan's fukushima plant. this one at unit 2. radiation levels shot up. nuclear rods in that reactor overheated on monday. 11 workers were injured. japan has asked for expert help but officials are downplaying the severity. >> no, it will manage. >> reporter: residents still in the area of fukushima were evacuated. this shelter is at capacity. and thousands of people were screened for radiation exposure. my biggest concern, she says, is nuclear radiation. it will jeopardize our health. while the fear of radiation hangs in the air, on the ground it's aftershocks. some of them powerful enough to be considered earthquakes in their own right that threaten a nuclear -- the nuclear problem and hamper rescue efforts. [ sirens ] >> reporter: that's the down o
for the class of 2012 to change. >>> and the earthquake in japan may have you looking for ways to give. what to look out for to make sure you're not being scammed. >>> many students pray before a big test. there are many prayers being said over the maryland school assessments. when do the prayers become against the law? one baltimore school principal organized a prayer service, that drew criticism from the aclu. abc2 news jeff hager tonight explaining the debate over the separation of church and state. >> reporter: for the second year in a row, when faced with taking the all-important maryland school assessments many students at one elementary school and middle school called on the almighty for help. >> we want to get help. >> reporter: the aclu learned a teacher questioned the principal's right to ask her to distribute flyers for the saturday service, it asked the school to stop the practice immediately. >> organizing prayer rallies is not an appropriate role for public school administrators and teachers. >> reporter: aclu attorney david roka points out a copy of the flyer clearly mentions
has more on how japan is racing to contain the damaged from the power plant. >>> engineers may call on u.s. and japanese troops to help with the growing crisis at the nuclear plant. a third explosion and fire at the complex sent dangerous levels of radiation into the air. japan's prime minister is urging calm. but ordered 140,000 people living near the plant to seal themselves indoors. >> it's very traumatic. and the main thing is we don't know what to do. >> reporter: plant officials may ask military helicopters to helicopters to spray water on a fuel storage pond. so the rods inside don't release radiation. >> reporter: some have already been exposed to low levels of radiation. about 70,000 people within 12 miles of the plant have been evacuated. others outside that zone are also leaving. >> everyone is scared for their child's sake. and just trying to get their kids out first. >>> the head of the nuclear watchdog agency called the developments worrying. and said he's sending a team of experts to help. >> reporter: another powerful aftershock rocked japan as night fell. the scale
of radiation move south. this as japan's emperor makes a rare appearance on tv to mourn the losses and praise the relief efforts. and the list of the dead and missing is growing, now topping 11,000, "early" this wednesday missing is growing, now topping 11,000, "early" this wednesday morning, march 16th, 2011. captioning funded by cbs >>> and good morning. you are looking at pictures of what so much of the world is focused on this morning. and that is that nuclear plant in fukushima, as we monitor the situation, which is fluid, is probably putting it mildly. >> every hour there's a new development there, as the people at fukushima, at this nuclear reactor, are doing all they can to contain a full-scale nuclear emergency right now. we keep hearing the stories of now being called the faceless 50. 50 employees or so that are basically evacuated and moved back in. the last 50 that are really there to avert a massive nuclear disaster. now we wonder if these poor people are really kind of paying with their lives. what is the situation like. >> and looking at the last line of defense and how much lo
is the devastating earthquake that destroyed everything in its path in japan. it is the biggest recorded quake to hit japan. >> as japan tries to get a grasp on the number of victims, citizens on the west coast of the united states are breathing a sigh of relief, even though we did not totally at the skate. >> the tsunami waves that swept across the northern japanese coast arrived at the u.s. coast hours later. in hawaii, 7-foot waves sent residents scrambling for safety. >> it swirled us, and slammed the. >> in oregon, coastal residents woke up to sirens. >> they started screaming and yelling and running through the trailer park. >> the current tossed around boats. south of san francisco beaches were closed as coastal residents evacuated. in crescent city, most of the destruction was isolated to harbors and marinas. the damage in japan is still being tallied, and president obama offered immediate aid. >> our hearts go out to our friends in japan, and we will stand with them as they recover and rebuild. >> it is a tragedy that could just as easily happen here. >> this morning, things appear to be get
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